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e Krulak Institute For Leadership,

Experiential Learning, And Civic Engagement

Established in fall 2015, the Krulak Institute for Leadership, Experiential Learning, and Civic Engagement honors

Birmingham-Southern’s 13th president, Gen. Charles C. Krulak, and serves as the focal point for experiential learning

at the College.

The initial idea of honoring President Krulak came from Ronne and Donald Hess, longtime supporters of the

College who endowed the leadership studies program in 1999; they suggested renaming the Hess Center, but after an

outpouring of donor and community support, the Board of Trustees voted instead to create a broad-based Institute to

encompass all the College’s experiential learning programs.

The Krulak Institute emphasizes leadership development, community engagement, internships, collaborative research

and study away. It is comprised of:

The Hess Center for Leadership and Service

The Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action

The Sklenar Center for International Programs

The rise


Experiential Learning Initiative

The Office of Exploration Term and Contract Learning

The Norton Board of Advisors

By bringing together these centers and programs, the Krulak Institute provides Birmingham-Southern College a focal

point for experiential learning opportunities, leadership development programming, and resources for connecting with

the city of Birmingham and the larger world. The Institute also supports faculty research and professional development

in the area of experiential learning.

Highlighted here are the major achievements for academic year 2015-2016.